Marijuana: Suspensions and bans for athletes using pot should change, activist says

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Broncos all-pro Von Miller is appealing a four-game suspension, reportedly after testing positive for marijuana (and possibly Molly).

When it comes to pot use, however, a number of major sports organizations are amending their policies related to positive tests -- and Marijuana Policy Project spokesman and Amendment 64 proponent Mason Tvert believes the NFL and other leagues would be well-advised to do the same.

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Von Miller.
"As more and more agencies and officials begin to recognize that marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol, they are reconsidering how they treat athletes who use marijuana off the field," Tvert says.

"Obviously, we don't see professional athletes being punished simply for having a beer or a glass of wine on a weekend during the off-season," he continues. "So there's absolutely no reason they should be punished for using a less harmful substance."

This isn't a new issue for Tvert. In 2007, when the Miami Dolphins' Ricky Williams applied for reinstatement to the NFL after a marijuana-related suspension, the activist and founder of SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation) helped coordinate the placement of a billboard near Mile High Stadium encouraging the running back to sign with Denver.

Here's a look at the billboard....

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Courtesy SAFER
...and here's a photo of Tvert at a press event timed to the placard's unveiling:

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Courtesy SAFER
Then, this past March, after boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. was suspended from competition for nine months and fined $900,000 after a positive marijuana test, the MPP put up another billboard, this time in Las Vegas, decrying the punishment and arguing that such policies encourage abuse of alcohol.

Continue for more about athletes and marijuana, including a look at the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. billboard.


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33 comments
Brandon Charles Haug
Brandon Charles Haug

that's like suspending someone for drinking their liver into the ground. It's not exactly enhancing his performance. Michael Phelps like charges.

Stephanie Sarad
Stephanie Sarad

Maybe not pot, since it is legal, but Von Miller did Molly too... That's pretty hard core..

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

You get three warning in the NFL before they even acknowledge the possibility of a suspension.  We're not exactly talking about a bunch of draconian hard-asses here.  Miller had plenty of notice before he chose to forfeit, likely, hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary, and probably even more in future sponsorship opportunities.  If this isn't proof that marijuana rots your brain, then I don't know what is.

That eighth just got a little more expensive, didn't it, Von?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Then why did Mendacious Mason Tvert include a provision in A64 which EXPLICITLY ALLOWS Employers to discriminate against Marijuana Use by employees?

6) Employers, driving, minors and control of property.


             (a) NOTHING IN THIS SECTION IS INTENDED TO REQUIRE AN EMPLOYER TO PERMIT OR ACCOMMODATE THE USE, CONSUMPTION, POSSESSION, TRANSFER, DISPLAY, TRANSPORTATION, SALE OR GROWING OF MARIJUANA IN THE WORKPLACE OR TO AFFECT THE ABILITY OF EMPLOYERS TO HAVE POLICIES RESTRICTING THE USE OF MARIJUANA BY EMPLOYEES.


Way to bury the story, Michael .. superb journalism ... not!

Fucking Retards are as Fucking Retards do.



Justan Michael Carlson
Justan Michael Carlson

If you do that, then ban any other medical usage. Such as pain pills, anxiety meds, or any other medical aspect. Or people could quit being so closed minded and wake up.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Tvert and Athlete in the same sentence ...

... ROTFLMAO !!

Es Kot
Es Kot

Not in states where local has legalized it. BUT as an athlete i would want my bod to be in tip top so maybe they shouldn't do it. but they should not be slapped for doing something that is legal.

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

Baseball and basketball have it right...they don't care if players use marijuana on our off season. Get a clue uptight conservatives!

Carlos Mireles
Carlos Mireles

If that's the case suspend every asshole who drinks alcohol. that would pretty much wiped out every sport and every athlete would be sitting on the sidelines. America get over your drug problem you have the biggest one in the world. American sports get over your drug problem, use more steroids for all I care, your system is set up and designed to make sure you as the slave athlete perform and give the owners a return on their investment.

won_leg
won_leg

I 'pray' the NFL & Player Assoc., use maturity and common sense when dealing w/ marijuana and it's possible non-narcotic treatment for athletes !....

Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson

Is it a part of their contracts? Then, yeah, probably.

Megan Haenny
Megan Haenny

Do they get banned for off season alcohol use? Legally the same now. So, no.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Stephanie Sarad ... you'd be HOT on Molly.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@steppesmusic Strong words, steppesmusic. We're going to feature them in an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for posting.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@steppesmusic ... EXACTLY.

If these overpaid Prima Donnas can't abide by the rules and conditions of the CONTRACTS they signed, then they can go flip burgers at McDonalds ...

... which ALSO has a drug testing policy as a condition of employment.


ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova

@Es Kot The majority of athletes I've known who used it say that good ole' fashioned Mary Jane is the best thing they can find to keep their bodies in shape and relieve soreness and aches that come with pushing their bodies to the limits.

It's an unspoken secret that at least half the NBA plays baked on a nightly basis.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Megan Haenny ... did they WILLINGLY agree to and sign those Multi-millions $$ contracts which have a multitude of restrictions and conditions?

If they want to smoke pot and keep their job, they can go work at McDonald's ...

... whoops, maybe not!


steppesmusic
steppesmusic

@DonkeyHotay   Who will, almost certainly, not give you three strikes for making you take an unpaid "leave of absence".  Don't get me wrong: I love football, but I've never pretended that more than .001% of them are capable of greater cognitive ability than your average doorknob.  These guys taking marijuana in any form can not be a good combination.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ryan.cordova ... so you're asserting that it is a performance enhancing drug which gives them advantage over those who follow the rules and don't use it, eh?

Noted.

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

@ryan.cordova Man, that's what most "performance enhancing" drugs ARE.  They allow for faster muscle recovery, so that when the rest of us are cowering in pain after a flag football game, PED users can get right back in the gym with no discernible effects.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ryan.cordova "it's an argument about whether it should be."

Then why did Mendacious Mason Tvert, Lyin' Brian Vicente, and the clueless bong-sucking imbeciles like you who supported A64 EXPLICITLY INCLUDE a provision which ALLOWS EMPLOYERS to Discriminate Against Marijuana Users ... now permanently enshrined into the Colorado Constitution.

You fools FUCKED YOURSELVES in the Ass ... now you're whining for more lube.

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova

@DonkeyHotay @ryan.cordova Seriously it would be different if you could form an actual argument but you jump around and shift your goal posts so much you make even the most ridiculous stoner rant look sane by comparison.

It's clear why you keep getting your ass spanked by everyone you encounter, what's really confusing is why you keep coming back here to get embarrassed over and over again?

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova

@DonkeyHotay @ryan.cordova This isn't an argument about whether it IS allowed you moron, it's an argument about whether it should be.

I know you're an annoying dickish troll with nothing better to do since you've gotten schooled in court so much, but seriously, don't you have a life or anything?

Don't you ever leave your computer? Do you know the color of the sky anymore?

Seriously bitch, back up off the computer and do something productive with your life you total loser.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ryan.cordova "ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and caffeine performance enhancing as well"

Are allowed -- for the most part -- by the CONTRACTS, RULES and POLICIES those hyper-paid Athletes AGREE TO.

Marijuana use is not., and those that violate the rules and use it attain an unfair advantage -- according to YOU -- over those who abide by the rules and abstain from use.

You = Logic and Legal FAIL! ... again!



ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova

@DonkeyHotay If relieving soreness and aches is the barrier for you to consider it "performance enhancing" than you'd probably need to consider ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and caffeine performance enhancing as well.

But hey, nobody ever accused you of having a rational argument.

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